Trap Door Theatre Presents:
Morning in America grows dark as Homeland Security invades the heartland, in our hysterically dystopian world premiere of…
January 8 – February 14, 2015
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm beginning on Jan. 25.
$20 on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays; $25 on Saturdays
Special 2-for-1 Admission on Fridays
Playwright Ken Prestininzi has penned an edgy satire. Heartbreakingly tender… [with] unexpected slapstick moments that lighten the very heavy subject matter. – Katy Walsh, The Fourth Walsh
Cookie Play sports shades of a twisted thriller, a black comedy and a surrealist poem. It is wrapped in enthralling suspense, engaged in an ideological debate and afloat in a sea of imagined sequences and metaphors, often in rapid succession. Prestininzi and Hendrickson play loosely with genre in a deliberate way, keeping the audience from ever getting comfortable with their own concept of what the play is or isn’t.
-Steven Chaitman, Windy City Times
This dark comedy offers a potent metaphor for the cruelty we countenance in the name of homeland security. -Zac Thompson, Chicago Reader
The most brave and original show currently being performed in Chicago-Emilio Williams, playwright/director
In Cookie Play, a mother from the heartland, fearing her son may be the next Edward Snowden, agrees to hold him captive in her basement to save both son and country. What happens next upends everyone’s moral equilibrium in this twisted, offbeat satire. The truth of black sites, whistle-blowing and sanctioned torture intrudes upon one family’s belief in a life as optimistic and sweet as a TV situation comedy or favorite bedtime story.
Director Kate Hendrickson and playwright Ken Prestininzi are longtime collaborators whose critically acclaimed productions at Trap Door Theatre have garnered several awards including a Jeff Award for Best New Work. They’ve sustained their collaborative relationship for over 20 years and, under the auspices of Trap Door, it is thriving. Hendrickson and Prestininzi spark each other to make precise leaps of imagination, while they interrogate and embrace what’s both dangerous and tender in human connections. Together they form a director/playwright team of shared reverie, theatrical vision, and the belief in the persuasion of intimacy and commitment.
Stage Manager Meg Eaton / Graphic Design Michal Janicki / Assistant Director John Kahara/ Fight Choreography Mathias Maloff/ Set Design Mike Mroch/ Lighting Design Richard Norwood/ Makeup Design Zsófia Ötvös/ Sound Design Danny Rockett/ Costume Design Rachel Sypniewski
This project is supported with a grant from the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.
To help celebrate Trap Door Theatre’s 21st Anniversary, Jane’s Restaurant is offering a complimentary glass of wine with purchase of your entree! Just show your ticket to your server and enjoy! Jane’s is located in the front of the Trap Door building at 1655 W. Cortland Ave. www.janesrestaurant.com
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Trap Door Theatre
1655 West Cortland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
JOHN DOE HAS BEEN INVITED TO RETURN TO POLAND IN FEBRUARY!
Based on The Madman and the Nun by Stanislaw I. Witkiewicz
Translated by Daniel Gerould
Adapted and Directed by: Andrzej St. Dziuk
Performances on February 26 & 27
Trap Door once again reminds us of its unique ability to translate vital but underproduced (in the U.S., anyway) European masterworks with visceral intelligence and scorching wit. *** (3 stars) - The Chicago Tribune
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